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161-Acre Lakefront Property with Quaint Cabin and Farm Potential – South Francois, BC

  • Select Property type: Sold
  • DESCRIPTION: This 161-acre property located on Katharine Lake near Burns Lake, BC, offers tremendous farm potential with approximately two-thirds of the land already cleared. The property also features a cozy 1,740 ft2 cabin, providing a comfortable retreat amidst the natural beauty of the area. With its ample acreage, cleared land, and serene lakefront location, this property offers an ideal opportunity for agricultural pursuits and a tranquil lifestyle.
  • LISTING NUMBER : 23141
  • PRICE: $295,000
  • SIZE: 161 acres


Welcome to this beautiful waterfront cabin on Katherine Lake, located near Burns Lake, British Columbia. This picturesque property offers a serene and idyllic retreat with stunning views of Katherine Lake from the deck, kitchen, and living room.

Situated on an expansive 161-acre lot, this property provides an abundance of opportunities for various activities and ventures. Approximately two-thirds of the land has been cleared and meticulously maintained as lush pastures, perfect for keeping horses, establishing a farm, or creating your own homestead. The fertile land offers ample space to cultivate crops and indulge in the joys of sustainable living.

The remaining portion of the property is adorned with a young growth forest, providing a charming natural setting and an opportunity to explore the beauty of the outdoors. With trees in their early stages of growth, you have the potential to shape the landscape and create your own private sanctuary amidst nature’s bounty.

The cabin itself is a delightful 1.5-bedroom seasonal house that has been lovingly maintained. Featuring a newer roof, this cozy retreat has served as a summer resort, providing comfort and relaxation to its inhabitants. The open floor plan seamlessly connects the kitchen, living room, and deck, allowing for effortless entertainment and breathtaking lake views from within the cabin.

Moreover, this property offers excellent building sites for those with a vision of constructing their dream home. You have the opportunity to design and position your future residence to maximize the scenic vistas, ensuring every day is filled with breathtaking views of Katherine Lake and the surrounding landscape.

This waterfront cabin presents an incredible opportunity to own a slice of paradise. With its picturesque location, abundant land for various uses, a charming cabin with lake views, and the potential to create your dream home, this property is an invitation to embrace a lifestyle of tranquility, natural beauty, and limitless possibilities.


DL 1771 Verdun-Bishop FSR – Burns Lake, BC


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Francois Lake is approx. 110 km (68 miles) long, making it the second largest natural lake in British Columbia.  It offers excellent rainbow trout and char fishing.  Rainbow trout over 3 pounds and lake trout (char) over 20 pounds are not uncommon.  With a lake of this size watersports of all sorts are popular with opportunities for boating, kayaking and canoeing.  This area has many forest recreation sites, which offer many trails for hiking and mountain biking.  In the winter, ice fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling is popular.

Burns Lake

Burns Lake is a rural village in the Northwestern-Central Interior of British Columbia, incorporated in 1923.  The village has a population of 1,779 according to the 2016 Census.  The Village is renowned for its rich First Nations heritage, and for its extensive network of mountain biking trails, which have received international acclaim by becoming Canada’s first IMBA Ride Centre.  In winter, cross-country skiing trails and snowmobile wilderness trails are created.  Burns Lake is located in the midst of a large networks of lakes called the Lakes District, with fishing and hunting year-round, and water activities in the summer months.  The town serves as a hub for the local logging, saw-milling, mining and tourist industries.  It also serves as the main commercial centre for the surrounding area including François Lake, Colleymount, Grassy Plains, Rose Lake, Topley, and Granisle.  There are three pubs, many cafes and restaurants a selection of stores, and services, numerous hotels and motels, a library and a hospital.  The famous musician, Stuart McCallum, grew up in Burns Lake and attributes its influence in his music.  It is also the location of the head offices of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.

Fort Fraser

Fort Fraser is an unincorporated community of about 500 people, situated near the base of Fraser Mountain close to the village municipality of Fraser Lake and the Nechako River.  Originally established in 1806 as a North West Company fur trading post by the explorer Simon Fraser, it is one of present-day British Columbia’s oldest permanent European-founded settlements.  The area around the community is also recorded as the site of the first land in British Columbia cultivated by non-First Nations people.

Fraser Lake

Fraser Lake is a village in northern British Columbia.  It is located on the southwest side of Fraser Lake between Burns Lake and Vanderhoof, alongside the Yellowhead Highway.  The attractive lakeside community of Fraser Lake lies alongside the Yellowhead Highway, west of the city of Prince George.  The pioneer roots of the area’s history date back to the fur trade, with the establishment in 1806 of a fur-trading post by Simon Fraser, at Fort Fraser near the east end of Fraser Lake.

Prince George

Prince George, with a population of 74,003, is the largest city in northern British Columbia and is the “Northern Capital” of BC.  It is the most major municipality near the property.  Situated at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers, and the crossroads of Highway 16 and Highway 97, the city is the service and supply hub for one of the fastest-growing regions in Canada and plays an important role in the province’s economy and culture.

Prince George is the dominant economic center of the region.  Public sector and education-based jobs dominate the municipality’s economy.  Presently the Northern Health Authority, stationed in Prince George, possess a $450 million budget and have invested $100 million into local infrastructure.  UNBC, the College of New Caledonia and School District #57 adds a further $750 million into the local economy.

The city’s economy was once dominated by the lumber sector; however, the Fraser-Fort George Regional District has experienced extensive closures of the region’s lumber mills.  This has been attributed to the movement towards “super mills,” a loss of supply caused by the prevalence of the Mountain Pine Beetle and US tariffs on lumber exports.  It is predicted that mining exploration and development will soon supersede the lumber industry, as the dominant industry in Prince George and the surrounding areas.  Additionally, Initiatives Prince George estimates that the Nechako Basin contains 5,000,000 barrels of oil, which could help diversify the region’s economy further through the commencement of petroleum harvesting operations.

Presently, the city of Prince George has a number of private enterprises and facilities operating in and contributing to its local economy.  These facilities include:

  • Two chemical plants
  • An oil refinery
  • Brewery
  • Dairy
  • Machine shops
  • Aluminum boat construction
  • Value added forestry
  • Specialty equipment manufacturing

Prince George has a large regional airport offering daily flights to major destinations.


The region surrounding the property is famous for its outdoor recreational opportunities. The following activities are available:


The property sits in Management Unit 6-4 offering hunting opportunities for whitetail deer, mule deer, moose, bear and game bird species.


The entire region surrounding the property is famous for its snowmobiling opportunities.  There is ample annual snow fall to ensure plenty of snowmobiling opportunity.


The same snow, which affords excellent snowmobiling opportunity, provides excellent slope conditions.  Taber Mountain and Purden Ski Village, or Smithers are all within driving distance of the property.  For more rugged skiing/snowboarding adventures, you may drive north to Powder King Mountain in the Pine Pass.


The property is in the immediate vicinity of Francois Lake and an infinite number of additional waterbodies.  This generates enormous opportunities to go boating, canoeing, fishing and a host of other water activities.


With all the surrounding Crown land and nature, the options for hiking and camping are endless.


The summer climate is ideal for a large and expansive garden providing the opportunity to become very self-reliant from produce perspective.

Urban Recreation

With Prince George under 3 hours away, the opportunity to go out on the town is always available.  The Prince George Cougars (WHL) always provide excellent entertainment.  There are fitness centers, pools, restaurants, bars and everything else you could possibly need.


Francois Lake got its current name by mistake.  The Carrier First Nations named the lake Nitapoen Lip Lake because of its shape.  The early settlers mistook “Nita” for white man and the lake was named “Lac de Francois” because most of the early settlers at the time were French Canadian voyageurs.  During the early years, the residents pronounced it “Francis Lake”, however, it is now known as “Francois Lake.”


53°57’36.76″N and 126° 4’54.85″W


  • Electricity
  • Lagoon
  • Cistern water hook-up


1,740 ft2 seasonal cabin built in 1964


$1,002 (2023)





PID 009-513-353